Today: May 21, 2024

China O’Brien I & II

The inimitable martial arts superstar, Cynthia Rothrock, is back with a bang and a jump-kick in China O’Brien I & II — the franchise that firmly established Rothrock as an international action star.

City cop and formidable martial artist Lori ‘China’ O’Brien (Rothrock) is forced to resign from the force and return home, to a small Utah town, after her involvement in an accidental death. But upon arrival in Beaver Creek, she finds that her lawman father — Sheriff John O’Brien (David Blackwell) — is desperately trying to bring down local crime boss, Edwin Sommers (Steven Kerby). Needless to say, it isn’t long before China steps into the fray.

In China O’Brien II, Lori must once again protect her hometown when it becomes a hideout for a dangerous fugitive: the escaped drug lord Charlie Baskin (Harlow Marks).

Helmed by Richard Clouse, the celebrated director of Enter the Dragon and Game of Death, these gloriously entertaining action flicks are top-notch, cartoon-violence. Yet, while the plots may be off the peg, O’Brien is never ‘just’ a bad-ass. She’s a fully-realised character, and in China O’Brien I & II Rothrock really gets the chance to shine. The result is eminently watchable.

Presented on blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD blu-ray (separate releases) for the first time anywhere in the world, Eureka’s new, crisp 4k restorations are sure to fly off the shelves. Grab them while you can, as only the first print run of ,2000 copies (each format) comes in the limited-edition O-card slipcase, with reversible poster and collector’s booklet.

Special Edition blu-ray extras:

  • Limited Edition O Card slipcase featuring new artwork by Gokaiju. 1080p HD presentations on Blu-ray from brand new 4K restorations of the original film elements.
  • Uncompressed original English mono (China O’Brien) and stereo (China O’Brien 2) audio tracks.
  • Optional English SDH.
  • Brand new feature-length audio commentaries on both films by action cinema experts Mike Leeder & Arne Venema.
  • Brand new feature-length commentary on China O’Brien 2 by Asian cinema expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival).
  • Select-scene commentary on both films by Cynthia Rothrock and Frank Djeng.
  • Made in China – Brand new interview with Cynthia Rothrock.
  • Enter Dakota – Brand new interview with actor and martial artist Keith Cooke.
  • A Conversation with Richard Norton – Brand new interview with actor and martial artist Richard Norton by A.J. Richardi and Gavin Kelley of The Martial Arts Mania Podcast.
  • Leon Hunt on China O’Brien – Brand new interview with Leon Hunt, author of Kung Fu Cult Masters: From Bruce Lee to Crouching Tiger.
  • James Mudge on China O’Brien – Brand new interview with filmmaker and critic James Mudge.
  • Trailers.
  • Limited edition reversible poster.
  • Limited Edition collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Eddie Falvey and James Oliver.

Special Edition 4K Ultra HD blu-ray extras:

  • Limited Edition O Card slipcase featuring new artwork by Gokaiju.
  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentations, presented in Dolby Vision HDR from brand new 4K restorations of the original film elements.
  • Uncompressed original English mono (China O’Brien) and stereo (China O’Brien 2) audio tracks.
  • Optional English SDH.
  • Brand new feature-length audio commentaries on both films by action cinema experts Mike Leeder & Arne Venema.
  • Brand new feature-length commentary on China O’Brien 2 by Asian cinema expert Frank Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival).
  • Select-scene commentary on both films by Cynthia Rothrock and Frank Djeng. Made in China – Brand new interview with Cynthia Rothrock.
  • Enter Dakota – Brand new interview with actor and martial artist Keith Cooke.
  • A Conversation with Richard Norton – Brand new interview with actor and martial artist Richard Norton by A.J. Richardi and Gavin Kelley of The Martial Arts Mania Podcast.
  • Leon Hunt on China O’Brien – Brand new interview with Leon Hunt, author of Kung Fu Cult Masters: From Bruce Lee to Crouching Tiger.
  • James Mudge on China O’Brien – Brand new interview with filmmaker and critic James Mudge.
  • Trailers.
  • Limited edition reversible poster.
  • Limited Edition collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Eddie Falvey and James Oliver.

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email: writerpaula@icloud.com

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